Archive for February, 2007

I’m a winner!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Yesterday I got a phone call from American Laser Centers informing me that I won third place in a raffle at the Wedding Festival on Saturday. The third place prize consisted of a $300 coupon to use on any laser facial treatment or hair removal. How exciting! I would prefer the $300 but a facial treatment will do just fine. My consultation is on March 17th- we will see how it goes!

Wedding Festival

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Today Amy, Krischa, and I went to a bridal show. It was so fun! Cakes, flowers, and dresses galore! I got some really great ideas. Krischa and I each won $50.00 off tuxedo rentals from After Hours! The expo was complete with a fashion show!
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Stories from the OR

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Last night at clinical I got to go to the operating room and assist with a surgery.

I am doing my pediatric rotation, and the last few weeks I have been rather bored because I haven’t had the opportunity to do any procedures. No one needed an IV inserted, or a blood draw, or a dressing change, or a lumbar puncture. Just the usual: vital signs, assessments, and medications. Once that is done, the only thing to do is just stand around and hope something happens. When I found out that my little patient was going to go down for surgery, I asked my instructor if I could go down and watch. Expecting a “No,” I was delightfully surprised when she said, “Yes!” She called down to the OR, spoke with the Dr, worked some magic, and I was in! I went down to the OR, got dressed in a lovely green colored scrub ensemble with booties and a floppy hat and was ready to go! Once down there, I was talking to the Dr and I told him that this was going to be my first surgery and I asked him if he had any suggestions of what to do in order not to faint. He asked me if I had eaten anything for lunch (of course the one time I skip out on lunch I get to go to surgery!) and I said “No.” His resident student overheard and offered to take me down to the cafeteria for a bite to eat. Here I am, little me, decked out in scrub gear, wandering the hospital with this big time third year surgical resident! It was so cool! Even cooler was having dinner with three of them! It was like right out of Grey’s Anatomy! Back to the OR: Once back in the OR (with a full belly) the procedures began. The Dr’s were placing a Broviac (a central venous catheter placed directly into the subclavian vein near the heart for better IV access) and performing a dilation of the rectum to decrease pressure cause by a stricture. The procedures were not very invasive which was a blessing considering it was my first time in the OR. The Dr’s carefully explain things to me and allowed me to ask questions and do assessments! I even was their preferred assistant. One time the resident asked me to help him with something and a nurse stepped into help, but the resident said, “No, she can do it!” It was so cool! After it was all over I got a lesson in anesthesia and helped transport the patient to the recovery room. I was there to watch them do the first assessment and vitals on a fresh post-op patient. It was all so very cool! It was neat being able to see the patient through each stage of a surgery: pre, during, and post.

Hair update

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Well, I have now had two full days with my new hair cut. I am enjoying it more and more each day.

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Chapel notes x2

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Yesterday in chapel Dr. Bob preached from Proverbs 27:7 “One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” (ESV) He entitled his message “Blessed are the Hungry.” He concluded that the danger of fullness is being so full of things of the world that God doesn’t fit into your life. He countered that with saying that the benefit of emptiness is that we can be filled with the Lord. The process of emptying, Dr. Bob said, is a painful process but it is necessary in order that we might hunger after God.

Today in chapel Pastor Dan Wilkinson shared his testimony. He said one thing that most people, including me, probably have thought but would never admit out loud. He said, ” I was just sure that God would ruin my life if I was yielded to Him.”
We get our minds focused so firmly on our dreams and goals and desires and actually think that we can be happy if we attain them, but true joy and happiness and satisfaction comes when our dreams and goals and desires are serving the Lord and following His will. Even more amazing is that the Lord provides our every need when we are doing His will. Not only do we have awesome opportunities to minister and learn and grow, but we can be sure that if it is God’s will, He will make a way. That doesn’t sound like a ruined life to me.
Pastor Wilkinson went on to tell about how he and his wife have yielded their lives to following God’s will by helping in a church plant in Southern California. He shared the many blessings and wonderful experiences they have had in doing so.

A new do

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

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Biltmore

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Today Amy, Michelle, and I escaped reality with a road trip to Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. It was a great day! The weather was chilly but the sun was bright. It even flurred a little which made it a perfect winter day! Enjoy the pictures!

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Grow old with me

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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Amy took this picture of a very cute elderly couple sitting on the dock in Charleston, SC. What a wonderful thing it must be to grow old with the one you love.

Spotless

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Michelle Crafton said this in a post on her blog:

“Just as our husbands are supposed to be able to present us to God without blemish, we must be able to BE presented to Him without spot, as well as present our families to Him… as shepherded and shown the love of Christ by us. I must show my family the many faceted love of Christ. His mercy, his compassion, his chastening, his selflessness, his emptying out of himself.”

What a high calling.

A date.

Friday, February 16th, 2007

We have picked a wedding date! Aug. 16, 2008. So exactly 1.5 years from today we will be husband and wife!